A Gold Coast man has been charged after allegedly being caught with a huge stash of cannabis at a Queensland border check.
Police conducting routine border checks on the Mount Lindesay Highway intercepted the Toyota Hilux ute re-entering Queensland around 8am yesterday.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found around 4.47 kilograms of cannabis stuffed in two pillowcases on the back seat of the car.
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“The pillowcases contained nine individual heat-sealed bags,” Queensland Police said.
The driver of the ute, a 21-year-old man from Arundel, was arrested and charged with one count of drug possession and one count of drug trafficking.
He was also issued with a $1,334 infringement notice for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s direction.
A 16-year-old boy was also charged with one count of drug possession and one count of drug trafficking.
Following the discovery, police executed a search warrant at a home in Lindsay Creek yesterday where they seized five kilograms of cannabis, a hydroponics set up containing 170 cannabis plants and more than $10,000 in cash.
Two gel blasters, which are illegal in NSW, were also seized from the property.
A home in Coomera on the Gold Coast was also raided this morning, however nothing of interest was found.
According to police, the drugs seized have a street value of more than $800,000.
Detective Inspector Tod Reid from the Logan Criminal Investigation Branch says police are continuing to target criminal behaviour at state borders.
“Police border patrols remain ongoing and we will take quick action to disrupt any kind of criminal activity,” he said.
The man was refused bail and appeared in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on May 6.
The boy will appear in the Beenleigh Children’s Court on May 11.